St. Louis School would like to welcome back our students after a long, hot summer, and to welcome all new members to our school community. We are looking forward to a productive year. We have a few new members of our faculty and staff to introduce to you and plenty of activities through the school, sports programs and parents association to keep you busy. As always we’d like to let parents know how wonderful you are to place a Catholic education as a priority for your children. It is a gift that will help shape their future.
St. Louis is in line with other schools following a schedule based on trimesters instead of quarters this year. The advantage of this system is that teachers can gather more information about students before reports go out to parents. Communication is the key between parents and teachers.
The sports program is in full swing beginning with volleyball which is in progress right now. Sign-ups will come home closer to the basketball and track and field seasons.
St. Louis Art Studio will begin on Tuesday, September 11 for grades 4-8. Sign-up Sheets were sent home in the backpacks. Art Studio will meet every Tuesday that school is in session from 3:10 to 4:00 p.m.
The sounds of music will trickle down the hallways as students practice for Choir. Sign-up sheets went home in the backpacks. Two sessions of Choir will be offered to grades 4-8 on Mondays: either 7:30-8:15 a.m. or 3:05-3:50 p.m.
St. Louis will offer Spanish instruction to all classes. These sessions will be incorporated into the Wednesday curriculum. The instructor will be Sarah Keating, a new member of our staff.
Our Student Council will be led by Lisa (Martin) Day and Laura Peterson. Class reps will be chosen this month. We hope all the members will make this a memorable year for the Council.
The first meeting of our PTA will be on Thursday, September 6. We hope all parents will make an effort to join the parent group for this get together. Parents’ Club is an invaluable organization that assists the school with support to enrich the learning experience and environment for all students. So, make your voices and opinions heard. Attend the monthly meetings. All are welcome.
Kellogg’s has a promotion for parent, schools and other organizations to earn a free book for every specially marked box of cereal purchased. Buy a box of cereal, take a pic of your receipt and register it at FeedingReading.com. You can choose from a selection of 80 different titles, and you can donate the book to an organization. So, pick up your spoon and enlarge our St. Louis library! (It would be appreciated!)
Introducing Our New Teachers
Mrs. Cheryl Caldwell: Intervention Specialist
Hello, St. Louis School and Parish families. My name is Mrs. Cheryl Caldwell and I am the new Intervention Specialist here at the school. This is my 19th year teaching Special Education (Xavier University BS and MA). I began my career in the Cincinnati Public School system, and then moved on to spend the next 13 years with Forest Hills Local School District. The past four years were spent with the New Richmond EVS District.
When I am not here at the school, I am typically trying to juggle watching and/or driving to/from soccer, volleyball, basketball and/or track for our three daughters. Then in between all of that, I can be found running with one or both of my black labs. Trail runs are our favorites.
I am very excited to be a part of the St. Louis community and everyone that I have met has been so very welcoming. Thank you.
Mrs. Jennifer Finn: Junior High Language Arts
Just a little bit about me. I graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a license in Elementary and Middle Childhood Education with concentrations in Social Studies and Language Arts. I also have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology which I received from the University of Cincinnati as well. This is my 7th year teaching and my 4th year teaching for the Cincinnati Archdiocese. I am married and have a 6 year old daughter, Stella. We love to travel, especially to the beach, and enjoy exploring small towns and restaurants. We also enjoy hiking and UC Bearcats.
I am so excited to be at St. Louis School this year and cannot wait to get the school year started! I have some fun things planned!
Mrs. Laura Peterson: Junior High Math and Religion
Hi! My name is Mrs. Laura Peterson. I graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Hydrology. I worked for several years as a hydrogeologist in the environmental field before obtaining my teacher certification. This is my 4th year teaching.
My husband and I have three daughters and five grandchildren. We live in the country with five cats and a mule!
This is going to be a great year, and I can’t wait to get to know all of you better!
Mrs. Patty Van Ha: Grade 3
I have been teaching for 29 years. Twenty-three of those years were at an inner-city school called Corryville Catholic on Calhoun Street next to the University of Cincinnati. I taught the 2nd grade.
When I saw the 3rd grade position available at St. Louis, I applied for the job because I wanted to teach at a school closer to my residence. This was a very difficult decision for me to leave Corryville Catholic, but after much prayer, I felt a calling to join the St. Louis community. I love the children at St. Louis School. They are truly special. The wonderful staff and parents can take the credit for this.
Teaching 3rd Grade has been a smooth transition for me because I knew where the students should be academically by the end of 2nd grade. I am certified to teach K-8, but I prefer the primary grades because I like to help the children build on and master the foundational skills of reading and writing.
My husband, Lee, was born in Vietnam. I have traveled there five times to visit some of Lee’s relatives. Each time we travel to Vietnam, we take boxes of supplies to donate to the many orphanages and nursing homes. I enjoy camping, aerobic dancing/Jazzercise, biking, and kayaking.
The most important thing about me is that I put God first in my life. That is the reason why I love teaching in a Catholic school where prayer is present and students are invited to know and love God.
Thank you for allowing me to join your St. Louis family.
We are also pleased to welcome Olivia Meeks as a part time intervention specialist.